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Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution

by Elazar Barkan & Karen Barkey Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and...


After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement

by Courtney Bender & Pamela E. Klassen Columbia University Press (November 02, 2010)

The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural...


Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference

by Linell E. Cady & Tracy Fessenden Columbia University Press (November 05, 2013)

Global struggles over women’s roles, rights, and dress have taken center stage in a drama that casts the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. Advocates for equality speak of the issue...


Democracy and Islam in Indonesia

by Mirjam Kunkler & Alfred Stepan Columbia University Press (August 27, 2013)

In 1998, Indonesia’s military government collapsed, creating a crisis that many believed would derail its democratic transition. Yet the world’s most populous Muslim country continues to receive high marks...


Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal

by Mamadou Diouf Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

This collection critically examines “tolerance,” “secularism,” and respect for religious “diversity” within a social and political system dominated by Sufi brotherhoods. Through a detailed analysis...


Faithful to Secularism

by David T. Buckley Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Religion and democracy can make tense bedfellows. Secular elites may view religious movements as conflict-prone and incapable of compromise, while religious actors may fear that anticlericalism will drive religion...


When the State Winks

by Michal Kravel-Tovi Columbia University Press (September 05, 2017)

Religious conversion is often associated with ideals of religious sincerity. But in a society in which religious belonging is entangled with ethnonational citizenship and confers political privilege, a convert...


The Politics of Secularism

by Murat Akan Columbia University Press (September 05, 2017)

Discussions of modernity—or alternative and multiple modernities—often hinge on the question of secularism, especially how it travels outside its original European context. Too often, attempts to answer...


Holy Wars and Holy Alliance

by Manlio Graziano Columbia University Press (April 04, 2017)

Religions are creeping back into the social, political, and economic spheres previously occupied by secular institutions and ideologies. Disillusioned with industrial progress and cut off from opportunity and...


Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey

by Ahmet T. Kuru & Alfred Stepan Columbia University Press (February 14, 2012)

While Turkey has grown as a world power, promoting the image of a progressive and stable nation, several policy choices have strained its relationship with the East and the West. Providing social, historical,...


Pakistan at the Crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures

by Christophe Jaffrelot Columbia University Press (April 12, 2016)

Top international scholars assess Pakistan’s politics and economics and the challenges faced by its civil and military regimes. Contributors examine the state’s handling of internal threats, tensions among...


Religion, Secularism, and Constitutional Democracy

by Jean L. Cohen & Cécile Laborde Columbia University Press (December 22, 2015)

Polarization between political religionists and militant secularists on both sides of the Atlantic is on the rise. Critically engaging with traditional secularism and religious accommodationism, this collection...